- The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority have been working closely to resume the international holidays on or after Monday, 17 May
- Between 11 February and 27 April 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority has issued as many as 630 fines to the air carrier that were carrying passengers without the complete documents.
The vigilant stance of the government, along with different departments and administrative authorities, has clearly reflected from the actions and measures incorporated in the recent past. The international travel and holiday have been a potential window of disquiet, as far as the spread of Covid-19 is concerned.
As per the exit roadmap laid out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the country will be reopening on a larger scale in Stage 3 of planned easements. Under this, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Civil Aviation Authority have been working closely to resume the international holidays on or after Monday, 17 May, only after conducting a thorough review of certain parameters.
In order to make sure that the precautionary systems and pre-emptive measures in place are adequately organised to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Civil Aviation Authority has remained sharp-eyed on the individual violators, as well as the airline carriers that are flouting the mandated guidelines of social distancing, Covid-19 tests and other regulations.
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All the passengers, irrespective of their source of travel, arriving in the United Kingdom are mandated to furnish proof of negative Covid-19 test along with a duly completed passenger locator form (PLF). The Covid-19 test should be done no more than three days before the scheduled departure, whereas all the passengers are required to self-isolate upon arrival.
The passengers disobeying the aforementioned rules are subject to a compulsory fine of £500 fine. Interestingly, the aircraft carriers are also prone to fines of £2,000 each for every passenger who doesn’t have a valid pre-departure test certificate and a completed PLF, this sums up to a total fine of £4,000. Additionally, the airlines are also subject to fines of £4,000 if they fail to provide the correct information before the departure and a £2,000 fine for carrying passengers from the countries that were red-listed in the previous 10 days.
Between 11 February and 27 April 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority has issued as many as 630 fines to the air carrier that were carrying passengers without the complete documents. The stiff border measures imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority, under the supervision of DfT, are designed to protect the lives, as several countries remain highly vulnerable to the Covid situation.
The Border Force, overseeing the international flight operations, has been directed to check every individual arriving in the UK, irrespective of the country they are coming from. As of now, people staying in the UK are only allowed to leave the borders through England if they have a reasonable and valid excuse.
The United Kingdom government has remained cautious even with the ever-expanding size and scale of the massive immunisation programme. With more vaccine candidates likely to be included in the Covid-19 inoculation drive in the upcoming months, the healthcare authorities have managed to attain an apparently secure position, in terms of reduced rate of daily infections, hospital admissions and the subsequent fatal cases.
The UK healthcare administration has successfully administered more than 50 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, with over 34 million people receiving at least one jab of the two-dose regimen, while a little more than 15 million individuals securing both doses up until 2 May.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the healthcare services, through its various inoculation centres, have managed to achieve an immunisation number of more than 50.08 million between 8 December 2020 and 2 May 2021. The real-world study conducted by the Public Health England (PHE) has favoured the vaccination drive as the presently-available Covid jabs have helped in saving more than 10,000 lives in England by March 2021.